Things To Do

11 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Maya Varadarajan
21st Sep 2022

A shot of the CBD from the Yarra river.

Spring is most definitely in the air, so celebrate the best of Melbourne with a bit more zest. Celebrate Sustainable September this weekend at the Zero Waste Festival, or down as many Mexican spirits as you can at the Tequila & Mezcal Festival, there’s sure to be something for everyone. 

Here are the best things to do in Melbourne this weekend:

Celebrate Negroni Week

After two years of lockdowns, Negroni Week has made a triumphant return. To help you get back out sipping the good stuff, venues all over Australia will be concocting their cheeky twists on the legendary drink, all while raising vital funds for some of the country’s biggest charities. Till the end of the month, the new Campari Digital Passport is giving you the chance to win a luxe trip to Italy for two. To enter, visit one of the gorgeous participating venues—Bomba Bar Rooftop, Carlton Yacht Club and Fable Bar—and grab your digital passport stamp. The more restaurants and bars you visit, the more entries—it’s that easy.

THE DETAILS:

When: Until September 30
For more information, click here.

Toyota AFL Grand Final Screening And Parade

It’s the moment that all footy fanatics have waited for all year, and it’s set to be a nail-biting final, regardless if you’re supporting the Cats or the Swans. If you haven’t managed to score tickets to the MCG for this Saturday’s game, head down to Federation Square to see the Toyota AFL Grand Final on the big screen for the next best seats. If you’re early enough, right around the corner from Fed Square you’ll be able to see the boat parade on the Yarra River celebrating the Grand Final, or you can zip across the bridge to Alexandra Gardens for food trucks and live music. 

THE DETAILS:

When: 10.30am until 5pm, Saturday 24 September
Where: Alexandra Gardens & Federation Square, Melbourne
For more information,
click here.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 In Concert

There’s an unending surplus of things for Potterheads to do in Melbourne, this city basically rewards us for our incessant love for the series. The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is set to serenade you with a full performance of all the music from ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ while the movie plays, so you literally get a performance and a movie all wrapped up in one evening. But maybe bring a tissue for Dobby’s scene. 

THE DETAILS:

When: 7.30pm until 10pm or 1pm until 4pm, Friday 23 September and Saturday 24 September
Where: Hamer Hall, 100 St Kilda Road, Southbank
For more information,
click here.

Indigenous Art From The NGV Collection

The incredible agelessness of the artworks from Indigenous artists is brought to the foreground in this exhibition at the NGV. The works offer a series of visual dialogues, for viewers to consider and contemplate how parallel innovations and continuities can encourage one to keep thinking of new ways to consider art. Explore the deep history and storytelling displayed at the Ian Potter Centre, as First Nations People showcase the cultural knowledge stored within iconography in their artworks. 

THE DETAILS:

When: 10am until 5pm, from now to Sunday 29 January 2023
Where: The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne
For more information,
click here.

The Melbourne Royal Show

No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you and you haven’t read it wrong, they have indeed switched around the name. Irrespective of that, after two sad years of no-show, they’re finally bringing back the Melbourne Royal Show. Best of all, this year is the launch of the inaugural The Show After Dark, which will entail 11 nights of live music with a frankly insane lineup, headlined by The Veronicas, Baker Boy and Sneaky Sound System. There are also plenty of other attractions to grab your interest, like a live illusionist performance by Cosentino and a laser light show.

THE DETAILS:

When: 9.30am until 9pm, Thursday 22 September to Sunday 2 October
Where: Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Road, Ascot Vale
For more information,
click here.

Makers Market At The Docklands

This market is a mishmash of everything that you love about markets, as they’ve got a little bit of everything. Arts, crafts, clothes, jewellery and homewares are just some of the things they have on offer at the colourful stalls at the Makers Market, but they also have homemade and homegrown produce and goods available too. The market is dog-friendly so no need to leave your pooch at home, as there are even stalls with doggie treats and accessories.

THE DETAILS:

When: 11am until 4pm, Sunday 25 September
Where: The District, 440 Docklands Drive, Docklands
For more information,
click here.

Stencil Art Workshop

If you’ve always wanted to foray into the world of stencil art but are an absolute beginner, then don’t fear, because this workshop is catered to you. From sketching the stencil to spray paint technique and application, you’ll be guided through each step in creating your own little masterpiece. The classes are run by professional street artist N20, and light refreshments will be served alongside. All you need to bring along is an inspo pic, but even then they have a selection of images for you to choose from on the day if you’re still a bit stumped. 

THE DETAILS:

When: 11am until 1.30pm, Saturday 24 September
Where: The Blender Studios, 33-35 Dudley Street, West Melbourne
For more information,
click here.

Old Melbourne Ghost Tour

Calling all horror-enthusiasts and those who love to be terrified of their own volition, there’s a ghost tour this weekend and it’s looking pretty spooky. In this journey back to the past, those who are brave enough will embark on a walking tour of Old Melbourne, a time when the smell of opium dens were masked by the spices of China Town, poor houses supplied cadavers in the name of science, and famous opera singer Federici plummeted to his death in front of his audience. There’s also a dinner option, with a reservation at Young & Jacksons Hotel before the tour.

THE DETAILS:

When: 8.30pm until 10pm, Friday 23 September to Friday 30 December
Where: Young & Jackson Hotel, 1 Swanston Street, Melbourne
For more information,
click here.

Oktoberfest At Hofbräuhaus

Don’t bother buying a plane ticket to Munich when we have our very own Hofbräuhaus right here in Melbourne, and they’re doing Oktoberfest all month. Take out those Lederhosen and Dirndls that have been gathering dust for the past two years and grab a stein, Hofbräuhaus have live German bands and authentic Bavarian meals to help wash down the beer. They’re also opening up a brand new Bier garden during the weekend, and plenty of specials on the menu to celebrate Oktoberfest. 

THE DETAILS:

When: Various times, from now to Saturday 29 October
Where: Hofbräuhaus, 18-28 Market Lane, Melbourne
For more information,
click here.

Cherryhill Orchards Blossom Festival

Spring is most definitely in the air, and the abundance of flower festivals happening right now proves it. This year, the Blossom Festival is packed to the brim filled with activities, workshops and special events. If you’re feeling particularly fancy, book in for one of their Posh Picnics, for a private picnic spread right inside the cherry blossoms orchard. The picnic has grazing platters of charcuterie, cheeses and antipasto, and there are also sweet treats and glasses of bubbly. Or, if you’re feeling flighty, they have a Blossom and Balloon package, which starts with a sunrise hot air balloon ride. 

THE DETAILS:

When: 9am until 5pm, from now to Sunday 2 October
Where: CherryHill Orchards, 474 Queens Road, Wandin East
For more information,
click here.

Avatar Screening At Lido

2009 was a long time ago, and we don’t remember what happened in James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ either, so you’re not alone. Thankfully, in order to refresh our memories and prep us for the sequel, Lido Cinemas is screening several sessions of the blockbuster. The CGI has aged surprisingly well and LIDO are offering both 4K and 3D screenings, so you can return to Pandora in all its glory. 

THE DETAILS:

When: Various times, Thursday 22 September to Wednesday 28 September
Where: Lido Cinemas, 675 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn
For more information, click here.

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